Archive for the ‘San Francisco Giants’ Category

San Francisco Giants v San Diego Padres

I had the most magical dream. It involved Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence and there was a no-hitter and Buster and Timmy actually weren’t fighting anymore, and the Giants scored 24 runs in a four-game series and that is how I know it never actually happened.

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New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

You’ll have to forgive me if much of what follows is bleary and nonsensical, but I was up until 2AM watching the Giants out-Met the Mets last night.

But the week that was did have some other high- and lowlights, so let’s get right to it. No-hitters! Batting out-of-order! All-Star snubs! Oh my.

The Week That Was

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(Ed. Note: With Riley on tour for the next few weeks, we tapped his partner at Productive Outs Ian Miller to fill-in and offer his take on the other simmering regional battle in California: the fight for the Bay between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. Ian is a Giants fan living in Oakland so you know he’ll give us the goods. Follow Ian on twitter and Productive Outs, too.)


I’d actually never heard of Canada Day before this week, but I suspect it’s a lot like our (the U.S. of A’s) Independence Day. So I hope you enjoyed your day-drinking, fireworks exhibitions, and poor decision-making.

I’m thrilled to be pinch-hitting for Riley while he’s out doing rock n’ roll things. Given my strategic location in Oakland, California, just three miles from the Coliseum or whatever they’re calling that place these days, I’ll be delivering hard-hitting reportage on the Battle of the Bay, with unique insights on the inner workings of the Athletics and the Giants.

Nah, just kidding. Mostly I’ll be making cheap, tangentially baseball-related jokes and trying to make you laugh.

Let’s get started.

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Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

The ongoing legal action between the city of San Jose and Major League Baseball is well beyond the pay grade of your average Getting Blanked editor, so we enlisted the help of Fraser MacKinnon Blair (@fmblair on Twitter) to help us wade through the legalese and make sense of the what’s going on by the Bay. Learn and enjoy! 

In a somewhat surprising twist, the City of San Jose has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig in relation to the contentious issue of franchise territorial rights in Northern California.

The suit, filed on Monday, alleges that the defendants have violated Federal and State anti-trust laws, have illegally interfered with the City’s contractual and economic relations with the Oakland Athletics and engaged in unfair competitive practices.

The City of San Jose has been trying to lure the A’s to the Capital of Silicon Valley for quite some time. Apparently frustrated with the way that MLB handles franchise relocation, the City has decided that litigation is its best option.

They make a pretty complicated set of allegations, and I’ll try and simplify the arguments as much as possible. To do that, lets analyze each of the claims separately.

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San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

When I first considered speaking with Pablo Sandoval about his approach, it was somewhat tongue in cheek. Interview the Panda and Hunter Pence, have a few laughs. When I spoke with Giants PR about the idea, their PR rep said “I don’t even think Pablo has an approach.” With love, of course.

But how much depth could I get into with the man known as the Kung Fu Panda? Pablo Sandoval hits. That’s it. That’s the whole story.

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Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

It is tough to establish new ground when discussing Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young award winner has been analyzed, dissected, and scrutinized to within an inch of his life over the past three years. What is wrong with Tim Lincecum? What will become of Tim Lincecum?

While he isn’t the pitcher he was in years past, he is still a very good and very exciting starter. Only four other qualified starters manage his strikeout, ground ball, and swinging strike rates this season. Each pitcher on that list can play for me any time.

Despite his unorthodox mechanics, Tim Lincecum was a very conventional pitcher when it came to his plan of attack. He blew hitters away with his mid-90s fastball and sat them down with his swing-and-miss changeup (which looks an awful lot like a splitter but ISN’T). As he ages, Lincecum keeps learning what it takes to make it work and how to adopt to his changing body and arsenal of pitches.

It’s a slightly different edition of My Approach with San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum.

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But seriously, this is amazing. Nerds, man. There is nothing they can’t do.